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Winds that weather experts said normally arrive in force in the late fall fueled flames in the Springs fire that quickly chewed through 6,500 of acres of dry brush.
William Patzert, a climatologist for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Canada, said that Southern California’s weather has been out-of-whack, with Santa Ana winds descending on Southern California much earlier than they usually do and low moisture levels.
“It was promising up to December and then all of sudden Mother Nature turned off the spigot,” he said. “It’s remarkable to get Santa Anas in May.… Every way you look at it, it’s been remarkable, unusual and incendiary.”
Southern California, like much of the state, has experienced record levels of dry conditions since the nominal “rain year” began last July. With only about five inches of rain since that time, Los Angeles is headed toward its fourth-driest year since 1877. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, which protects about a third of the state, said that it has dealt with more than 150 blazes this year compared to 2012.
Patzert said Saturday and Sunday should see some cooling, with the possibility of drizzle on the tail end of the weekend. But there’s no logical reason to expect Southern California to get significant rain until late in the year. Since the New Year, downtown L.A. has experienced less than two inches of rain through months that are almost always the year’s wettest.
Average for this point in the rain year is more than 11 inches of rainfall.
“We are at 17%. That is exceptional,” he said. "Our hope for a drought buster was dashed and an early fire season was guaranteed."
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World Continues To Warm In 2012 in spite of La Nina.Winds that weather experts said normally arrive in force in the late fall fueled... more
As a coastal scientist with considerable experience in subjects of erosion and sea-level rise, as well as a love for the N.C. coast, I am troubled with the distortions and denial of scientific understanding about climate change impacts from the NC-20 group and others attempting to influence legislation being proposed.
The proposed legislation is not based on sound science and is not in the best interest of North Carolina's residents. NC-20 seems to deny the science presented in the report and even ascribes political and self-serving motives to the volunteer members. I find their statements to be unfounded. Further, the NC-20 does not appear qualified to provide peer review of the 2010 Report, nor any more qualified than the appointed Science Panel.
I have some experience with this topic. Back in 2007, I was invited, as a coastal scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey, to give a talk at a N.C. State Legislative Commission on Global Climate Change workshop. The topic I was asked to speak on was sea-level rise. The talk was well received, and I came away with the opinion that North Carolina was a leader among states in getting a grasp on climate change, impacts like sea-level rise, and how best to adapt to the changes coming. I have had no involvement in the report process since my talk in Raleigh five years ago.
The panel members are highly qualified based on training and experience and the report is a high quality summary and assessment of the latest scientific understanding. Further, the findings and recommendations for North Carolina are well-founded based on observations, data, and reliable and credible model results.
And the findings in the 2010 Sea Level Rise Report are not extreme. The U.S. Global Change Research Program, NOAA, USGS, National Park Service, Department of Defense and many coastal states (e.g., Florida, California, Massachusetts, Louisiana) are addressing climate impacts and the 2010 Report conforms with the best of similar sea-level rise assessments. Skepticism in science is important, but for NC-20 and others to deny the reality of climate change and its impacts and to dismiss the solid results in the 2010 Sea Level Rise Report does not serve North Carolina well.
If concerns are the economic and social adjustments needed over time to deal with sea-level rise, more frequent tidal flooding, such concerns are understandable; however, those concerns should be presented openly and honestly for consideration. And constructive recommendations might come from critics on how North Carolina should start to address coastal change.
Attacking the messengers of troubling news is not productive. By now, we should no longer be denying the settled scientific facts that Earth is warming due to the buildup in carbon dioxide "greenhouse gases," and that for North Carolina this will very likely mean significantly more sea-level rise this century than in the past; increased tidal flood frequency; and increased erosion, barrier island breaching, shoreline retreat and loss of tidal wetlands.
A dynamic global climate has long been part of Earth's natural cycle; however, human activities have dramatically increased global warming, causing a variety of well-documented and pervasive environmental changes. Among the most significant of these changes is sea-level rise, which, in concert with storms, is a main driver of coastal erosion and shoreline retreat. Globally, sea level has risen at a rate of about 0.08 inches per year (2 mm/year) over the past century.
Rise in North Carolina relative to the land has been about the same as the global rate for the region south of Cape Hatteras; however, the rise rate is nearly double the global rate at about 0.16 inches/year (4.3 mm/year) for the region north of Cape Hatteras. This is due to regional land subsidence and shifts in ocean circulation. Global average rates of rise, however, have increased significantly since the early 1990s, due likely to global warming effects. And sea level is projected, using computer models, to rise in the range of 1.5 to 6 feet (0.5-2 meters) in decades ahead.
By S. Jeffress Williams
For StarNews Media
More at the linkAs a coastal scientist with considerable experience in subjects of erosion and... more
Can we afford it? We are spending $2 BILLION a week on Afghanistan war and 1,618 American have been killedVideo explains why the war in Afghanistan is a waste of money and human treasure.
http://corksphere.blogspot.com/2011/08/can-we-afford-it-we-are-spending-2.htmlVideo explains why the war in Afghanistan is a waste of money and human treasure.... more
A blood test that will tell users how long they have left to live will go on sale in Britain later this year. The test - which will offer people the opportunity to estimate their lifespan will go on sale for £435.
The controversial technology has come under fire because critics say insurance companies will insist on them before offering policies. But scientists say the test could be vital in the study of age-related illnesses like Alzheimer's and Cancer.
Boffins working on the technology say they will be able to read a person's "biological age" by measuring structure on people's chromosomes called telomeres. The test cannot predict exactly how long a person will live for - but scientists are confident it can offer a reliable estimate.
Maria Blasco, from the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre in Madrid, who invented the test, said: "We know that people who are born with shorter telomeres than normal also have a shorter lifespan.
"But we don't know whether longer telomeres are going to give you a longer lifespan. That's not really known in humans.
"What is new about this test is that it is very precise. We can detect very small differences in telomere length and it is a very simple and fast technique where many samples can be analysed at the same time.
"Most importantly, we are able to determine the presence of dangerous telomeres - those that are very short."A blood test that will tell users how long they have left to live will go on sale in... more
Learning more about the lives and leadership abilities of those who have risen to the top can be enlightening and inspirational for anyone, especially college students who aspire to leadership roles of their own. These biographies are great reading material to get you started and help you to learn more about what makes a leader, manager or role model stand out from the crowd.
LINK : http://www.onlineclasses.org/2011/04/18/25-biographies-every-leader-should-read/Learning more about the lives and leadership abilities of those who have risen to the... more
Prostate cancer screening does not save lives, according to a 20-year study, published in the British Medical Journal.
link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-12911174Prostate cancer screening does not save lives, according to a 20-year study, published... more
A tiny, translucent water flea that can reproduce without sex and lives in ponds and lakes has more genes than any other creature, said scientists who have sequenced the crustacean's genome.
LINK : http://news.discovery.com/animals/water-flea-crustacean-genes-110203.htmlA tiny, translucent water flea that can reproduce without sex and lives in ponds and... more
An artificial pancreas given to pregnant women with diabetes could save mothers' lives and improve the health of their babies, researchers say.
link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-12306579An artificial pancreas given to pregnant women with diabetes could save mothers'... more
This film is a short insight in the happenings on 28th December 2010 in Bolton Market, karachi, Pakistan where after an blast during a procession, 100's of shops were burned down by the people for the people in an organized planned manner. Not only our culture and heritage but 1000's of lives went into flames. What we have become is the product of our own doings and this is what this film emphasizes on.
A Catalyst By Fate, A Believer By Choice http;//www.ozairrao.comThis film is a short insight in the happenings on 28th December 2010 in Bolton Market,... more
A new drug for skin cancer can slow the spread of the disease in half of patients, thereby extending their lives, a study says.
link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-12238505A new drug for skin cancer can slow the spread of the disease in half of patients,... more
by Shaggy Maggy
There is never going to be another flood like that of the ancient times of Noah. However, the ravaging floods in the Oz State of Queensland is just as frightening, devastating chilling as any flood could be. People have lost everything except their lives - things they have loved, treasured, cherished for some all their lives. People are helping, but many things lost are irreplaceable. In some cases their beloved pets which they will never see again. ‘We have to go on’ is the saying in any crisis. Many Queenslanders do not know how or where they will be going on to.
But the feeling of self-preservation exists within most of us. Even though standing stripped of everything, we do not want to lose what we have – the only thing we have, our lives, our ability to reason, to solve problems. No matter how long we have to stand shivering the thought persists that ‘something has to happen sooner or later. We can’t just stay like this forever.’by Shaggy Maggy There is never going to be another flood like that of the ancient... more
Better treatments are extending the lives of people with HIV, but aging with the AIDS-causing virus takes a toll that will challenge the health care system, a new report says. :http://www.businessweek.com/lifestyle/content/healthday/645011.htmlBetter treatments are extending the lives of people with HIV, but aging with the... more
Inspirational Women of the Year Awards: The tireless crusader who saves the lives of 16,000 abandoned dogs a yearA beautiful and elegant young woman wearing a silk dress stepped hesitantly into a Queen Anne house on Seymour Street in London, 1974. The building was home to the National Canine Defence League and, despite the smart surroundings, the reception area smelled very strongly of the stray dogs it housed.The young woman, a former model, was Clarissa Baldwin.
LINK : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1324391/Inspirational-Women-Year-Awards-The-tireless-crusader-saves-lives-16-000-abandoned-dogs-year.htmlA beautiful and elegant young woman wearing a silk dress stepped hesitantly into a... more